Category Archives: Art


By Mark Slauter

Anliquitzchan [an-lee-kits-chan: Mother of the Dead House]: Consort to Teoteotlo. She refused to bear him a son and instead birthed the Lower Realm (Ixticayo) as a place for the dead. Infuriated, Teoteotlo changed her into a bat, banished her from the Upper Realm (Aitcayo), and charged her with caring for the dead in Ixticayo. She created Canichi to help her.

In this image, we see Anliquitzchan represented as the bat. The upper half clearly shows the ears, round head, sharp teeth, wings extended out from the body, and teats (green circles) in the center of the torso. The bottom half clearly shows the clawed feet of the legs extending out from the body and the Lower Realm (Ixticayo) exiting the birth canal. Since Ixticayo was primarily created for housing spirits of dead humans, it is represented with humanoid facial features (eyes, nose, mouth).

Mark Slauter currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two cats. The Diary Of A Novice Investor: The Bullet Train To Wealth Left When? was Indie published in 2017. He is currently writing short stories and creating digital art. “Like life, my art tends to come from random and chaotic processes.” He is a member of the James River Writers group in Richmond, VA. He can be found online by searching for Mark Slauter. Currently, available artwork can be viewed at


By Rockefeller

The artwork “Seven” is about split personality and different emotions of one person.. everyone has a split personality in some way hidden within ourselves. This illustration is my metaphor for my different passions in life (arts, music and other simple things). It also symbolizes all the trials, struggles, sadness and happiness in my life.

Rockefeller was chosen to join an art program, “Munting Daliri” (Little Fingers), when he was a kid. He attended a Caricature Tutorial by a local artist, Sir Von Aytona. He did the illustrations in the E-book entitled “How to survive the new normal” and “Flash Fiction.” He wrote and sung an original song called “Amen,” and it was released on digital stores.


By Parker Penhasi

Poison is a collage is a mixed media painting, with scenes comprising various pages from Concussion Skate Mag and New Noise Magazine, two journals that explore different underground scenes Parker grew up around. Being from Southern California, skateboarding and music often went hand in hand, so they use these cutouts to show the interrelationship between these seemingly unrelated scenes. Both embrace alternative lifestyles and a rejection of larger social expectations. This collage was constructed so the subjects all interact with each other while still maintaining their individuality.

Parker Penhasi currently lives in Olympia, Washington and has been able to focus on their artistic career while schools have been closed, waiting to finish pursuing their BASocio in California. Parker has contributed to various local projects, from posters for shows to album art for local artists, such as Virtual bird. They have also been a featured designer in a small screen printing business, Message to You Prints. Influenced by the underground, alternative music scenes they’re a part of, and by broad-spectrum leftist ideas, painting and illustration have been a lifelong passion of theirs. Today, they continue to experiment with new mediums and themes as their career continues to grow. Parker’s art can be followed on their Instagram page.

Mississauga Meanderings

By Dr. Pallavi Narayan

In the summer of 2020, I took interminable solitary walks through the lanes and by-lanes of Mississauga, revelling in the warm weather but feeling lonely due to self-isolation. It was sometimes heartening to see someone tending to their front yard or eating on their porch. I’d stroll longer and bigger squares and rectangles, purchasing a bottle of cola and chasing a spectacular sunset over the horizon. That’s when I felt compelled to sketch one of the almost-mansions that I enjoyed passing by, taking my time to perfect its details. Sketching this seemed to ground me better into that never-ending time.

Dr. Pallavi Narayan’s visual art–watercolour and photography–has been published in Nightingale & Sparrow, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, The Lumiere Review, and Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine. Her words have been published in literary journals and anthologies.

Sarah With a H

By Zula Ovelgönne

Sara With a H was painted using acrylic. The work has previously appeared in Stirring: A Literary Collection in the Spring of 2020.

Zula Ovelgönne taught English in Europe before returning to Canada to pursue studies in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Her visual art has appeared in Stirring: A Literary Collection. She lives in Montreal. You can find her on Instagram.